Carpenters Join Work Stoppage At WTC Site

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Strike or no strike, the Port Authority says the 9/11 memorial will be ready by the tenth anniversary next month.

More than two dozen carpenters joined hundreds of laborers in a job action at the World Trade Center site and other New York City projects.

The New York City District Council of Carpenters says it didn’t encourage the job action.

On Monday and Tuesday, concrete workers walked off the job at the World trade Center site.

Cement worker Michael Pappalardi was among about 100 laborers participating Wednesday morning. He says they’ve received “no word, good or bad,” from union officials, other than to “stand strong and wait it out.”

Members of the Concrete Workers District Council have been without a contract since July 1.

Their union also says its facing pay cuts of up to 20 percent and a full-blown strike is possible.

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said Wednesday that a deal with concrete workers is imminent.

“I am very, very confident we’ll have some agreement to make sure that work doesn’t get delayed any further,” said Ward.  

The owner of the trade center site says the work stoppage is having a minimal impact on the construction of the site’s transit hub and signature skyscraper, and no impact on the Sept. 11 memorial.

Do you think it’s ok to have a job action at this site? Sound off below…

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  1. NorthernSnowBird says:

    Go back to work or be replaced by non-union workers. If you don’t need a job, I’m sure they can find others, even from out of state if necessary.

    1. Mitchel Joseph says:

      You don’t understand these people’s situation. They are getting money taken away from them after all of the hard work. As a matter of a fact nobody likes the Freedom Tower anyway. Originally 100% of the American people wanted the Twin Towers rebuilt but stronger. The Twin Towers are what belong at ground zero. I personally don’t like the new design because it does not represent New York! So you better watch what you are saying.

      1. NorthernSnowBird says:

        Yep, unemployment is at 9.0%+ and people are jobless. I’m jus’ shakin’ in m’ boots, Mitchel!!!

    2. Mitchel Joseph says:

      What these people need to do is build new and safer Twin Towers 2 right next to the Freedom Tower. There is nothing wrong with that. We need our Twin Towers back!!

      1. Marty says:

        Damn right! New York is not New York without them. Considering that Towers 2 and 3 have been reduced to a couple of stumps for the foreseeable future and we’re all getting tired of Silverstein and Bloomberg trying to milk more taxpayers money to build something that most New Yorkers never really wanted. Enough is enough. The sooner we swap the two stumps for the Twin Towers, the better.

  2. Terraformers 3 says:

    They just broke ground on Mars….

  3. MaterialEstimator says:

    Doesn’t Look Like Any Of Those Men Are Underpaid, or Underfed!

    1. Blasterific says:

      Look at the people on welfare three times the size of these guys, paid for by you and me!

      1. Blasterific says:

        Shame on you!!! May your taxes triple and you lose everything!

  4. Blasterific says:

    So because either, you don’t have a union job, or do not make as much as a union worker, that makes union workers bad for what they have? So it is ok for company executives to make millions each year but the union worker asks for a cost of living wage increase and that makes them greedy? I don’t see the price of gas/food/utilities going down but yet union workers are greedy. Perhaps we should all take a cut in pay put our wives and children to work so we can survive in this city. Oh or maybe we can work off the books and not pay taxes and then collect of the city welfare rolls. If it was up to the corporations they would pay you as little as possible and make you work in substandard conditions. Look at how it is done overseas.

  5. Concern says:

    Unions cents for charities.

  6. MeAgain says:

    They should all just get back to work. I just want to get a little stank on the hanglow.

  7. party for the rich says:

    When union pay goes up so does private sector pay. That is a fact. In an effort to stave off unionization, companies will pay higher wages. The stronger the unions the better off non-union workers are as well. Any average worker who opposes strengthening unions are shooting themselves in the foot. Do a little research folks, and stop blathering against your own self interest. The problem is not in the streets but in the boardrooms and penthouses. While the average worker is toiling and finger pointing at each other those who actually destroyed the economy and your nest eggs are laughing their way to their off-shore banks.

  8. Jimmy says:

    It’s the timing guys. Why right before the anniversary?

  9. ANALTIMETWISTER says:

    TO ALL YOU UNION BASHERS..GO CRY TO THE GREEDY BANKERS WHO NOW OWN YOUR SORRY ARSES..HEY BOYOS..RULE #..NO CONTRACT..NO WORK..AND IVE BEEN WORKING OVER 23 YEARS STRAIGHT..THANKS TOO MY….GREEDY UNION….. BUT A DOCTOR OR LAWYER OR CAR MECHANIC CAN BILL YOU FOR 50 TO 100 AN HR..AND YOU DONT BLINK…OR A WALL STREET BANKER CAN STEAL YOUR LIFE SAVINGS..AND THEY ALL G AWAY WITH IT…THE BASHERS WHEN THEY FIND OUT THE UNION JOB PAYS 32 AN HOUR..YES YOU GET MAD AND..MAYBE …JEALOUS.

    1. emmas says:

      Unions.. what a joke. These clowns have jobs and still want more. The purpose of unions has done from worker safety protections to what’s in it for me.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Lindasunny2002 on–a’ge’l’es’s’da’te.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

    2. WilsonVictor says:

      The unions have been working without a contract.Now the are asked to take a 20 percent pay cut when all they want is a 4 percent raise. There is over a 30 percent unemployment rate in the construction industry.These are the same guys who cleaned up the mess 10 years ago for nothing.@Nick I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentStart.com

  10. bo says:

    8 hr work day, 5 day work week, minimum wage, health benefits, labor laws, prevention of child labor, workmans compensation, workplace safety, unemployment insurance, the right to strike, collective bargaining, and the right to form unions…

    These are the things everybody in America has the right to. unions made all this possible.

    1. Phil says:

      Good job Bo
      Tell these no reason to hate union workers only because they are misinformed and ignorant people!

  11. Phillip says:

    First of all Unions are responsible for almost every right that workers have today,
    And why is it that the people that don’t like unions are not part of one don’t hate appreciate
    Union construction workers in NYC make a middle class living that is not very steady
    Why can’t the working man get a fair slice of the pie instead of making contractors very wealthy!

    1. bo says:

      union workers barely make a middle class living anymore. the economic divide now is so huge there is no more middle class; it’s just poor, and rich.

  12. Christopher, Manhattan, New York says:

    Unions are bleeding this country dry. I worked heavy construction for years, busting my butt to earn a days pay, while these union pigs took a cigarette and coffee break after every five minutes of work and made twice what I did. I would like to see what would happen to the support staff at Goldman or the paralegals at Sullivan and Cromwell if they walked out because of pay decrease: they would be fired on the spot and replaced by the bounty of individuals more than willing to be removed from the unemployed list.

    I think its time for some real change that makes real sense.

    These people should be thankful they have jobs while a large sector of Americans are struggling for work. The unions are just another leech on our economy, joined by the “entitlement generation.” that likes to sit around and whine and always beg for more with their hands out.

    1. Phil says:

      Why didn’t you ever get in the union you would’ve been treated better paid better and you wouldn’t have been so envios,jellous, and bitter towards unions:)

  13. GREEDY UNIONS says:

    THEY GET PAY VERY WELL, GET ALL SORTS OF PERKS, AND STILL WANT MORE??????????????????????

    AND THEN THEY COMPLAIN WHY ALL OF THE MEXICANS, HISPANICS, BLACKS, IMMIGRANTS ARE TAKING THEIR JOBS??????????????????

    UNIONS HAVE BECOME NOTHING BUT A GROUP OF GREEDY UNIONS ALL THEY THINK ABOUT IS GETTING PAY A TON OF MONEY WHEN SO MANY MILLIONS ARE UNEMPLOYED AND WOULD TAKE THOSE JOBS FOR A WHOLE LOT LESS IN A HEART BEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Sheri Zbar says:

      The unions have been working without a contract.Now the are asked to take a 20 percent pay cut when all they want is a 4 percent raise. There is over a 30 percent unemployment rate in the construction industry.These are the same guys who cleaned up the mess 10 years ago for nothing.

  14. Union Hater says:

    They are greedy selfish pigs they make more then they are woth and want more . FIRE all of them and use nonunion workers they will work harder and faster, and for less money. But i guess in New York you can’t.

    1. Phil says:

      All union workers go through union funded schools that train them in safety and skill
      There is no way that nonunion can compete with union construction workers.
      Nonunion consruction workers risk there lives everyday and are not treated right or compasated properly with health benifits or overtime pay

  15. Anthony; Cedar Grove, NJ says:

    Unions are a part of America and after people losing so many lives 10 years ago, those same Unions are attempting to delay the Memorial and work to build back the site that was taken from us. Shame on the Unions, you are a joke if you continue this.

    1. Michael H. says:

      The article clearly states that the memorial will open on time and the work stoppage will not change that. Did you read the article or not, Anthony?

  16. Pplrfunny says:

    They’re taking pay cuts up to 20%? So, does that mean they’re only making $30 an hour now? Gimme a break…

    1. Michael H. says:

      Would you agree to giving up 20% of your paycheck?

    2. Phil says:

      Do you live in NYC, do you know How much you need to make a decent living, to support a family, why can’t we support these hard working people that built every major building and bridge in NYC
      Why do people take the side of the wealthy contractors who are making millions if not billions!

      1. Dale Auburn says:

        How many union construction sites employ CITY residents? None, because all union construction jobs within NYC are reserved for suburbanites only. If they’re willing to “build this city,” then they should also be willing to live in it.

    3. Phillip says:

      http://mobile.forbes.com/device/article.php?CALL_URL=http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/25/most-expensive-cities-personal-finance-costly.html?
      Read the link
      NYC is the most expensive place to live in the USA
      And one of the most expensive places in the world

  17. Joshua Jaggers says:

    It is so American of the workers to demand more money right before the opening of the towers… they would do anything for their country wouldn’t they? When I was in the Army I worked endless hours for less than 1 dollar per hour and still took pride in my duties. Shameful….

  18. bubba says:

    Unions.. what a joke. These clowns have jobs and still want more. The purpose of unions has done from worker safety protections to what’s in it for me.

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